SULONG PILIPINAS REGIONAL CONSULTATION: PCCI NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION (SEPTEMBER 8)
To facilitate order and improve mobility and access, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should consider harmonizing policies in terms of implementing policies and protocols in the country, improving coordination between the national and local governments, and communicating these policies properly up to the grassroots level.
To help the services particularly the tourism sector, the government, through the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Tourism (DOT), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), should provide the necessary policies and roadmap to directly assist and guide the industry to recover as we open up the economy gradually.
To address growing poverty, hunger, and job security, the Economic Development Cluster (EDC) should provide the necessary assistance for private companies that will choose to keep and maintain their employees instead of laying off.
SULONG PILIPINAS REGIONAL CONSULTATION: PCCI VISAYAS (AUGUST 27)
- To help our Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), the government must provide financial assistance as part of the stimulus package for businesses, including access to affordable/low-interest loans before the end of 2020.
- To aid in the re-opening of tourism-related businesses, the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Department of Finance (DOF) should encourage banks to provide financial relief through loan restructuring and access to start-up funds, and/or create a Special Purpose Vehicle Guarantee Fund where companies can temporarily offload their amortization payment to banks or financial institutions for a short period of time until the economy recovers.
- To ensure the continued education of Filipino students, especially those from the lower economic class, the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) must provide the infrastructure for students to attend virtual schools including providing tablets and affordable or free internet for online classes.
SULONG PILIPINAS REGIONAL CONSULTATION: PCCI NORTH LUZON (AUGUST 20)
- To help control the transmission of COVID-19, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and the Department of Health (DOH) should conduct intensified RT-PCR testing in areas with high case rates and ensure efficient contact tracing and implementation of quarantine protocols.
- To ensure fast internet, especially during the coming school year, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) must ensure that network providers will improve their services and provide these at an affordable price.
- To enable the recovery of micro, small, and medium enterprises from the impact of COVID-19, the Department of Finance (DOF), the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), and other Government Financial Institutions (GFIs) should provide easy access to credit with low-interest rates, together with other fintech lending products as soon as possible.
SULONG PILIPINAS BUSINESS  (JUNE 8)
1. Agriculture and food security: To improve access to farm produce, the Departments of Agriculture (DA) and the of Trade and Industry (DTI), together with Local Government Units (LGUs), should set up a system where small farmers can efficiently deliver their produce to food hubs located in various cities and provinces where prices are regulated by LGUs.
2. Education and science and technology: To ensure continued learning for all students, especially those from lower-income families, the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) should partner with LGUs and private institutions in providing flexible learning materials, free WiFi connection, and access to computers for both students and teachers before the start of the next school year.
3. Financial inclusion and digitalization: To promote financial inclusion and digitalization, the government should implement the National Identification (ID) system and ensure the digital connectivity of all government agencies and LGUs as soon as possible.
SULONG PILIPINAS YOUTH (MAY 14)
1. Agriculture and food security: To boost countryside development, ensuring food security, and promoting the growth of agriculture, the participants urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to work with local governments in providing organic farming training, mentorship programs, and the appropriate modern technology to farmers from impoverished communities by 2021. This includes ensuring the integrity and efficiency of the entire value chain—from farm to table—especially to ensure that farmers are not exploited.
2. Education and science and technology: To ensure continuity and quality of education at all times, the youth sector called on the Departments of Education (DepEd) and of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to improve internet infrastructure, boost speed, ensure proper training, and explore short message service or SMS and other telecommunications channels for students, parents, and teachers, by August 2020, as well as realign budgets to promote preparedness for flexible learning.
3. Financial inclusion and digitalization: To expedite the distribution of government aid to affected households during calamities and similar situations, the Departments of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and of Health (DOH), DICT and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) should work together to incorporate the appropriate socio-economic information in the National ID System by 2021, and utilize these in data-driven and evidence-based programs.
SULONG PILIPINAS: THE 2019 STUDENTS’ TAX CONVENTION TOP ACTIONABLE RECOMMENDATIONS
- Prioritize countryside development and rural businesses to increase opportunities for those outside urban areas.
- Provide more financial support for scientists and increase funding for science and technology.
- Build more medical facilities with adequate equipment and properly compensated medical professionals in rural areas.
Partial actionable recommendations from Sulong Pilipinas: Pre-SONA 2019
- To ensure that K-12 is well implemented and education is relevant, DepEd and CHED should enhance the skills of instructors, and identify and integrate emerging in-demand skills for students into curricula. Teachers’ salaries should increase by 2020.
- To achieve water security, the DPWH should prioritize the rehabilitation of existing water dams, and the government as a whole should consider the creation of a Department of Water, Water Regulation Commission, and National Water Corporation.
- To attract investors and spur business, the Office of the President, the DTI, and other concerned agencies should ensure the effective implementation of the Ease of Doing Business Law, and appoint the head of the Anti Red Tape Authority (ARTA).